I have been appointed as the President of the Geochemical Society of Japan (GSJ), taking over the baton from Prof. Hiroyuki Kagi. I will do my best to further develop the society and I would like to ask for your support in this endeavor.

The GSJ is a scientific organization focusing on the current research on geochemistry and cosmochemistry, and was founded in 1953 with 200 members. It has re-started as a general incorporated association in November 2017, and has 867 members as of September 2021.

The GSJ has been publishing an international journal, the Geochemical Journal (GJ) and a Japanese journal, Chikyu-Kagaku (Geochemsitry) since 1967. The Geochemical Journal, the first SCI journal on Earth Science in Japan, has gradually become an open access journal since 2013, and will be reborn as a fully open access journal using J-STAGE from January 2022. This will allow all people worldwide to view and download the articles published in Geochemical Journal as soon as they are published, which is expected to be a great leap forward.

The GSJ has tried to build up cooperative and constructive relations with researchers worldwide by not only the publication of international journal, but also the cooperation with international academic groups on geochemistry and cosmochemistry. We have engaged in MOU, Memorandum of Understanding, with Chinese Society for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry (CSMPG), Geochemical Society (GS), European Association of Geochemistry (EAG), and Geological Society of Korea (GSK). We have also exchanged scientists with CSMPG and GSK through annual meetings. We also support the Goldschmidt Conference. We hosted the Goldschmidt 2003 at Kurashiki in 2003 and Goldschmidt 2016 at Yokohama in 2016.

The GSJ will continue to contribute to geochemistry and cosmochemistry through international scientific and human exchange programs.

In cooperation with the newly elected directors, we aim to create an attractive academic society that all GSJ members, regardless of sex, life stage, or age, would want to participate in and be involved with.

We welcome everyone who wants work with us over the next two years.

Best wishes,

Prof. Masayo Minami
President
Geochemical Society of Japan